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INTRODUCTION
Directions in English
In the last lesson we looked at directions and learnt how to ask: “Is there a (place) near here?”
SURVIVAL PHRASES
In this lesson we’ll cover the basic directions you’ll need to find the place you’re looking for.
We’ll start with an easy one: ‘go straight on’. ‘Go straight on’ is a command and can be used when talking to people you don’t know. So first we have ‘go’, which means ‘you go’, followed by the word ‘straight’, which is the direction and finally ‘on’, a preposition indicating movement here.
Now let’s look at the next expression: “turn right”. The first word ‘turn’ is the verb in command form, followed by the direction ‘right’.
So what if you want to turn left? Simply change the direction. We keep the verb ‘turn’, but this time follow it with ‘left’. ‘Turn left’.
Let’s add a bit more detail to the direction. “Turn right at the traffic lights.” In this example, we keep the phrase ‘turn right’, but we add ‘at the traffic lights’. So we have the preposition, ‘at’, followed by the object, ‘traffic lights’.
To add another layer of detail, you can also mention which side the building is on, for example: “It’s on the right”. To break it down, we first have ‘it’s’, which indicates the location you’re looking for, then we have the preposition ‘on’, followed by ‘the right side’, to complete the direction. If it’s on the other side, you would say, ‘it’s on the left side’. You may also hear “it’s on the left-handside”, which means the same thing.
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- Go straight
- Turn right
- Turn right at the traffic lights
- It’s on the right side

Outro

Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!

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Hi listeners! Now you know how to ask and how to answer, please practice here!